A council officer must witness a statutory noise nuisance or a breach of notice in order to take further enforcement action. This requires officers to enter residents' homes to witness the impact.
What loud noises can we investigate?
We can investigate:
building alarm noise
car repair noise
vehicle alarm noise.
We cannot investigate domestic noises, such as:
Before reporting loud noise to the council
Talk to your neighbours to find out if they're affected as well.
Talk to the person causing the problem - they may not realise how it is affecting you and you may be able to reach a compromise by taking this simple action. However, first consider what reaction you are likely to get from this approach. If your neighbour reacts aggressively, do not persist and put yourself at risk.
If you are a private tenant, contact your landlord or residents' association.
Before you contact us, you need to have sufficient evidence to support your report, so that it can be investigated and proven. We recommend keeping a 2-week diary of any noise nuisance, to include date, time, type of noise, volume, duration and the impact.
These are not enforceable against by law. We have no power to make people change their behaviour in these respects. Where students houses are causing the problem due to late hours being kept, we can offer advice and will liaise with the university to assist student households integrate with the local community.
Who to contact
If you live in a private property, contact your landlord, housing association or management agent for the following:
general domestic noise
In you live in a council property, contact tenancy management for the following:
Report loud noises
To report noise nuisance during daytime hours (Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm), please use our online form.